In the past, those who are part of the food service industries, as well as custodial employees, were the only ones required to invest in and wear non-slip or slip-resistant footwear. It was due to the need to reduce significantly the cost and frequency of injuries caused by slips and falls.
However, in recent years, more and more workers and employees are mandated to wear a non-slip shoe in the workplace. These include veterinarians, technicians, restaurant workers, nurses, other medical staff, and any other employees who are constantly exposed to wet floors of various textures.
If you are one of them, then it is best to have slip-proof shoes. If you don’t have one, then rest assured that there are ways for you to make your work shoe slip-resistant or slip proof
So, here are some hacks to make shoes slip proof, so you can make yours effective in resisting slips that can lead to injuries, even if it is not non-slip when you first bought it.
Apply a Rubber Glue and Salt Mixture to Bottom of Boots
Adding a grainy texture to the bottom of your shoes will make its grip stronger. For a quick solution, apply Rubber glue and Salt mixture to the bottom of shoes. Once you are done with it, simply let them dry for a couple of minutes, and you’re good to go.
Spray Shoes With Hairspray
Hairspray enhances traction on boots but it is only a temporary solution, and adhesive as well. For this option, make sure the hairspray dries properly before you step out and it should be re-applied after every few days.
Scuff the Soles
By intentionally scuffing flat soles on rough concrete or gravel add traction to your boots. This is a very helpful method for new boots, as their soles are often smoothest before wear.
By applying sandpaper to the bottom of shoes you can speed up the “wearing down” process. Just simply rub the sandpaper across the parts of the sole that frequently come into contact with the ground until they have a rougher texture.
Take Advantage Of Grip Pad Or Nail Filer
You have an option of using a nail filer to make your shoe slip-resistant. What you have to do is that use the nail file in the same way you are using the sandpaper. Just use it in scuffing the shoe’s flat and smooth sections, particularly those that often come in contact with the floor.
If possible, choose to use metal nail files as they are considered to be the most efficient. However, it is also possible for you to utilize an emery board. Furthermore, take note that just like when you are using the sandpaper, you need a nail file for this as it can help to produce better results.
You can take advantage of a grip pad, especially if you have worn-out footwear. To make use of this solution, you just have to put the textured pads on your shoe’s sole.
Make sure to purchase only those grip pads that are of good quality. By investing in a high-quality pad, you have an assurance that your shoe will not end up feeling sticky. Fortunately, grip pads are really affordable and easily accessible, so you will never have a hard time taking advantage of this solution.
Use A Puff Paint
Another most commonly used solutions in making shoes less slippery are the puff paint. It refers to that type of pain utilized in the arts and crafts of kids. Once the paint dries out, you can expect it to produce a rough and textured surface. Such is a good thing if you want your shoe to improve its grip, thereby making it less slippery.
To take advantage of this solution, you just need to put on a layer of the paint thinly to the sole. Set it aside for several hours so the paint will dry completely. Once it completely dries out, you can wear your shoe.
One advantage of puff paint is that you can expect it to last longer when compared to hairspray. The only issue is the need for re-application so you can attain optimal results. Also, it does not work permanently.
Attach A Non-Slip Sole
One interesting solution to making your shoe slip proof is to attach a non-slip sole on its outer part. You can ensure that the result is long-lasting. With this sole, you can navigate safely and soundly.
The sole is beneficial as it not only keeps you safe from slipping but also make you feel comfortable. It also prevents skidding while also ensuring that the sole of your shoe does not wear out too soon. It helps retain its excellent condition for several years.
Another advantage of buying a slip-resistant sole is that it is not that expensive.